Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Visiting my sister's family in North Dakota

This past weekend I took advantage of the long weekend to fly to my sisters place in Dickinson ND.  The trip started out early Friday afternoon with a stop in Coeur d'Alene to pick up my brother.  We then launched for Dickinson and made the majority of the trip VFR with flight following.  About mid Montana the visibility started to drop considerably so I asked for and received an IFR clearance into Dickinson ND.  It was a long 4 hour flight, the longest I have taken so far but with the new injector flow balancing that I have been working on the fuel flow was the lowest I have seen it and we landed with about 10 gallons of fuel left!

Lots of clouds made for some beautiful flying as you will see below.

Look at that, 4.5 gph at 17000' doing 150+ knots.  Somebody needs to clean that screen too....

Yep we are in eastern Montana....nothing but flat land...almost as flat as North Dakota

My niece too this picture of their homestead during a short ride on Saturday.

And we were all very thirsty after all that flying time.  Everybody took a ride, Samone, Chad, Chelsea and Danny.

No trip to Samone's is complete without lots of good food including this yummy oyster stew!

On the way back we filed IFR and this is what we saw for a good hour or more.  The layer was relatively thin but solid

We did a few turns around St. Regis Montana on the return flight so I took a couple of pictures.

Cascades as I start my descent into Seattle on the return home.

Can you believe I've put 363 hours on this airplane and it's not even 2 years old????